School Holiday Fun for Coastal Chicettes

Daylight savings has ended, the leaves are falling (well, they’re supposed to be)  and school is nearly out: time to start planning for the April holidays.

Central Coast families, are you ready to be thoroughly entertained? From fireworks to yoga and horse riding camps to robot workshops – Playing in Puddles, which brings you the best of the Central Coast for kids, has pulled together a jam-packed program of school holiday fun. Plus, some of the activities are FREE!

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Central Coast Regional Show Photo: Katie Stokes, Playing in Puddles

Central Coast Regional Show Photo: Katie Stokes, Playing in Puddles

The Central Coast Regional Show, Gosford

The annual regional show is on again at Gosford Showground on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15.

Kids will get a giggle in petting the guinea pigs, watching the fireworks, eating fairy floss and coming face to face with some unusual cat breeds and ginormous pumpkins.

A disclaimer: This isn’t the Royal Easter Show. You won’t find 10-foot vegetable displays, halls of cows or ferris wheels here, but it’ll cease the “I’m bored” chants for at least a couple of hours.

Kids can hand feed sheep and goats, bottle-feed calves and lambs, pet a guinea pig and snuggle a rabbit at the Kindifarm; the Flipping Disc Dogz are a group of eight border collies who will make your frisbee-catching skills look amateur; plus, of course, there’ll be dodgem cars, laughing clowns, show bags, pony rides, fairy floss and fireworks will go off with a bang at 6pm on Saturday.

Cost: Family Ticket (2 Adults and Children 5-15 yrs) $25; Adult $10; Concession/Child 5-15 yrs $8; Under 5 yrs Free.

Grace Springs Farm tours, Kulnura

Grace Springs Farm tours, Kulnura

Take a farm tour, Kulnura

Join the family of Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura, in their morning chores at 10am on April 21.

Their school holiday farm tour gives families a lovely peek into everyday farm life. Watch their cow being milked and then help feed and water the chooks, cows and ducks (and, at times, calves, chicks and ducklings!).

Pick produce from their market garden and purchase some of their pasture-raised eggs. Your kids will love it, and we have no doubt you’ll love it too.

Cost: $16.50 per person. Children under 3 are free. Bookings essential

Robot Science kids classes on the Central Coast

Robot Science kids classes on the Central Coast

Build a robot with Robot Science

Have you ever built your own robot? Your kids can these school holidays with Robot Science. They’re holding two-day workshops in which your kids will build, code and experiment with robots… and compete in challenges such as Robot Sumo (Google it, it’s pretty funny).

There’s a class at Erina on April 23-24 for children in years K-6 and Bateau Bay on April 26-27 for children in years 3-8.

Cost: $140/$160 (includes meals).

April School Holidays with Roundabout Circus

April School Holidays with Roundabout Circus

Join the circus!

Juggling, spinning plates and flying on a trapeze – now they are some nifty tricks you don’t pick up at school. But these holidays you can master them at Roundabout Circus in Wyoming.

They’re hosting heaps of circus workshops for kids of all ages (and adults too).

Cost: From $15

On World Circus Day (Did you know that 2018 is the 250th anniversary of modern Circus?), Roundabout Circus are putting on a fantabulous day of FREE circus activities to celebrate the occasion.  There will be hula hoop, poi and juggling workshops as well as aerial sessions.

Glenworth Valley horse trail ride

Glenworth Valley horse trail ride

Adventure and horsing around at Glenworth Valley

This is the ULTIMATE adrenaline-hyped boredom-buster school holiday camp! Kids will have an absolute blast playing laser skirmish, kayaking on the river and either horse riding or quad biking (the choice is theirs) in this awesome “Adventure Max” full-day camp at Glenworth Valley. Move over kids, we want to sign up: this looks like way too much fun.

Cost: $140/child.

These April holidays Glenworth Valley is also running a new 3-day overnight horse riding camp for children aged 9-16. Participants will enjoy three full days of riding with games and activities beside the campfire each evening. They’ll meet new friends, learn new riding skills, take part in a riding lesson and trail ride, muster a herd of cattle through the Valley and learn about grooming, horse care and Glenworth Valley’s horse breeding program. The final day is a fun-filled day of competition at the Gymkhana.

Cost: $550 per child. Includes full supervision and meals.

Holiday fun at The Football Grounds at Erina

Holiday fun at The Football Grounds at Erina

Soccer Camps at The Football Grounds, Erina

Don’t miss this one-off chance to train with one of Australia’s BEST small group coaches Joner 1on1 Football training. Whether your child is new to soccer or a bit of a pro, Joner 1on1 will help them improve in all elements of the game. They’ll work on skills, drills, technique, strategies and fitness… and they’ll have a lot of fun doing it.

Cost: $60 per child. Bookings essential

The Football Grounds are also running a 3-day soccer camp these school holidays for kids who play in the under 12 – under 14 year squads. It costs $280 for the three days and runs from April 18-20.

Arty fun at Gosford Regional Gallery

Arty fun at Gosford Regional Gallery

Art classes at Gosford Regional Gallery

There is a tonne of art classes on offer for mini Picassos these school holidays from Create your own Cartoon Character to Expressionists Portraits, Colourful Weaving, Babushka Painting and painting leaves with oil crayons and watercolours.

Cost: $25. Bookings essential

The gallery is also hosting free story time and craft-making in the Gardens’ Japanese tea house.

Kids yoga with Baerfoot Yoga, Umina

Kids yoga with Baerfoot Yoga, Umina

Classes that calm – Bearfoot Yoga

Looking for a class that’ll slow your kids down rather than hype them up? Bearfoot Yoga for Kids is now running classes across the Central Coast – you’ll find them in Holgate, Umina, Toukley, Avoca and Long Jetty.

They are running a heap of school holiday classes for children aged 4-12 which combine yoga with art, games, story telling and even a craft workshop where kids can make a teepee for their bedroom.

Play equipment at Terrigal Rotary Park Photo: Katie Stokes, Playing in Puddles

Play equipment at Terrigal Rotary Park Photo: Katie Stokes, Playing in Puddles

Live a Park Life, Terrigal

A kiosk has popped up at the new Rotary Park in Terrigal and it’s ticking all the boxes. Geared at offering a healthier option for families, kids can grab a snack pack of housemade hummus, carrot sticks, crackers and a free-rage boiled egg, or share in a big hearty bowl of goodness with you like brown rice, charred cauliflower and green pesto. Even the cookies are baked with kids in mind: they’re small and perfect for a treat, and for ice cream, it’s Mr Goaty’s gelato.

Parklife grinds single origin “Amber Organic” coffee beans from Honduras and serving orange and apple juice from local greats East Coast Beverages.

The best part, the kiosk is located within the fenced area of the park! Yep, you read correctly: you don’t even have to leave the fenced area of the park to order your coffee! We don’t know any park anywhere that offers this awesomeness.

The playground is brand-spanking new (it opened at Christmas) and has a range of equipment suitable for kids aged 0-10; the kiosk has a mini toy library so you can borrow spades, diggers, cars and other toys to play with in the park; the kiosk also has picnic blankets and cushions available, so you can take up a spot under the shade of the trees and they’ll deliver the food to your picnic rug or to your car (Ever been stuck with a bub asleep in the car… ).

The man behind this genius is local chef Pauly Mac, whose Fat Meringue food van frequents the Greedy Guts Food Markets and Avoca Beachside Markets.

Pizza making at The Entrance Hotel

Pizza making at The Entrance Hotel

Sweet and Savoury Fun, The Entrance

Whether your little one has a sweet tooth or is a budding Master Chef, The Entrance Hotel has just the thing.

Mini chefs can make their own pizzas from kneading the dough to adding their favourite toppings on April 17.

Little ladies and gentleman can indulge in an elegant high tea with mini sandwiches, quiche, cupcakes and Nutella brownies on April 24.

Cost: $15pp Bookings are essential.


Coastal Chic Tip: Want more kid-friendly fun? Check out Playing in Puddles’ reviews of local attractions, kid-friendly cafes, play centres and parks here 

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